Long Island Rail Road train derails, 13 injured

Long Island Rail Road train derails, 13 injured

A Long Island Rail Road train derailed in Queens on Thursday morning, injured 13 people, with fire department crews responding at a scene that will delay train service this afternoon and possibly tomorrow morning.

The injuries sustained are minor and all individuals are in stable condition, said New York City fire chief Laura Kavanagh. Passengers were able to board a rescue train at Jamaica Station, where those injured were evaluated, said Janno Lieber, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's chief executive officer. The MTA manages the city's subways, buses and commuter rail lines.

The incident, involving all eight of the train's cars, happened at 11: 12 p.m. on a train about half a mile east of the Jamaican train station, Lieber said.

Some guys were shaken up and they were quickly attended to, Lieber said.

The MTA is investigating the incident, but has ruled out speed as a cause of the derailment. Lieber urged commuters to use the MTA website and apps for up-to-date information as Long Island Rail Road service would be affected Thursday and possibly Friday morning.

The restoration process is not just a matter of re-railing the train, Lieber said. The damage to the ties and other railway infrastructure must be addressed, he said. People on the train, which departed Grand Central Station at 10: 43 a.m. and was due in Hempstead at 11: 37 a.m., were transferred to alternate trains at Jamaica, and other trains are being diverted from the crash site. The Long Island Rail Road announced that trains won t make stops at stations in Hollis and Queens Village to avoid the site.

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